Denise Nicholson arrested on child neglect charges: Left 3 kids home alone for 5 days, police say

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Denise Nicholson, 31, is  facing child neglect charges after she allegedly left three her young children home alone without food for 5 days, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Police say Nicholson left her 3 children- ages seven, eight and nine- home alone from Friday, May 24th until Tuesday May 28th.

According to authorities, their database revealed a history of investigations with the family that included: inadequate supervision, physical abuse, medical neglect, substance misuse and domestic violence.

Investigators got in touch with the renter of the apartment, who advised that she resides in Atlanta, and is subletting the apartment to her former sister-in-law, Nicholson.

After authorities made several attempts to reach Nicholson, she finally arrived at the apartment complex. 

Nicholson told officers that the children had spent the weekend in Miami with her father.

Her story was not consistent with what other family members told police, according to the arrest affidavit. 


Police said they found the home in deplorable conditions.  There were living and dead cockroaches on the kitchen and walls.  The refrigerator and freezer cabinets were bare.  There were two mattresses on the floor without bedding, the carpet was stained, and dirty clothes were on the floor, according to the affidavit.

The 9-year-old told authorities she frequently cooked dinner by using the stovetop to fry bologna and the microwave to heat spaghetti for her younger siblings.


Neighbors fed the children and provided them milk, according to the arrest affidavit.

The children are now under DCF custody.

Nicholson faces three counts of child neglect.

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